Three NHS hospital trusts have been handed a total of £38m in Department of Health bailouts, HSJ has learned.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust received a £25.8m bailout while United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust each received £6m.

The revelation of the £38m of public dividend capital funding came to light in the DH’s publication of all expenditure over £25,000 for April.

A DH spokeswoman said: “We know that some hospitals face persistent financial problems and we need to make sure they are providing the highest quality of care to patients. The NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA) supports NHS trusts to succeed in delivering sustainable, high quality services for their local communities.

“Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust are currently receiving temporary financial support from the department to ensure patients receive high quality health services while the Trust Development Authority work with the trusts to develop approaches overcome the hurdles they face.

“Separately, Portsmouth were provided with a one-off cash injection to help improve its working capital cycle.”

Both Portsmouth and Barking have significant private finance initiative deals on which they have to make repayments.